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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Exclusive: Upcoming Apple TV loses 1080p playback, gains apps... and will be renamed iTV  —  You might remember that we broke news of an updated Apple TV headed to market just a few months ago.  If your brain isn't working right, let us jog it: a trusted Engadget source asserted that the gang …
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Adrianne Jeffries / ReadWriteWeb:
Apple Rumor: iTV Hitting in the Fall, $99?  —  Rumors about the next iteration of Apple TV have coalesced around a few key facts - the device is expected to be named iTV, in the style of the company's more successful offerings, run customers an easy $99 and hit sometime in the fall.
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Exclusive: Sony Ericsson to introduce Android 3.0 gaming platform and PSP Go-like smartphone  —  There's no question that gaming on the Android platform has heretofore been relatively underwhelming, but that looks like it's all about to change.  It seems that Sony Ericsson …
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
N92  —  Let's concede for the moment that Amy Thomson's report for Bloomberg back on June 29 is correct, and that Verizon is going to start selling iPhones in January 2011.  Let's further say that this first Verizon iPhone will be a CDMA iPhone 4 — pretty much the same specs as the iPhone 4 we have now, but with CDMA instead of GSM.
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Rene Ritchie / TiPb:
CDMA iPhone 4 codenamed N92, in engineering verification test for possible January (Verizon?) debut  —  Daring Fireball has revealed that the CDMA iPhone 4 is codenamed N92 and is entering the engineering verification (EVT) stage, one step before the design verification test (DVT) stage …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Waiting for Godot: Apple's Fall Event Is Definitely Happening, but Exactly When and What?  —  Oh, it's coming.  —  According to several sources, and as has been widely expected, Apple will once again be holding its annual autumn special event, possibly closer to mid-September this time.
Paul Graham:
What Happened to Yahoo  —  When I went to work for Yahoo after they bought our startup in 1998, it felt like the center of the world.  It was supposed to be the next big thing.  It was supposed to be what Google turned out to be.  —  What went wrong?  The problems that hosed Yahoo go back a long time …
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Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Dell's Streak: a Tiny Tablet That Takes Calls, Too  —  In just a few months, Apple's iPad has established that there is indeed a consumer market for a multitouch tablet computer.  —  The 1.5-pound slate with a 10-inch screen has already sold more than 3 million units, even though it costs $499 …
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Two Days After Steve Slater's Slide Ride, JetBlue Comes Back to the Web  —  Be honest — if you ran JetBlue, you'd want to stay quiet, too.  Right?  —  But the airline, which gets lots of credit for engaging its customers on the Web, on Facebook and on Twitter, had to speak up eventually …
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Ortwin Gentz / The FutureBlog:
PatentGate — Apple responded, resolved amicably  —  To our surprise, the „PatentGate" story, first revealed by Dan Wineman, ignited a true blogosphere frenzy.  The New York Times, TUAW, The Register, TechCrunch, Om Malik, n-tv and heise online are just a few among the many commentators (see below) of the story.
James Hawkins / Google Chrome Blog:
Syncing, simplifying, and speeding up with Chrome's new beta  —  In today's new Google Chrome beta release, we're introducing a host of new beta features which will further improve Chrome's ease of use and speed.  —  One of my favorite features, Autofill, helps you fill in web forms automatically …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google Ventures Invests In iPhone Game Developer ngmoco  —  Google Ventures, the VC arm of the search giant, has made an investment in popular iPhone/iPad game developer ngmoco, say multiple sources.  The company, which is already profitable, took the money as part of a new round of funding …
Technology Review:
Why We Need This Giant Tablet Computer  —  We need the “screen territory” available in a textbook, magazine, or A4 sheet of paper.  —  The first thing everyone notices about the forthcoming tablet computer / ebook reader called Kno is that it's ginormous.  Each of its two 14.1" …
Discussion: GottaBeMobile
Roger Cheng / Dow Jones Newswires:
UPDATE: AT&T Pleased With Verizon-Google Net-Traffic Proposal  —  NEW YORK -(Dow Jones)- AT&T Inc. (T) was the latest company to weigh in on Google Inc. (GOOG) and Verizon Communications Inc.'s (VZ) joint proposal to establish rules on how deeply broadband operators can manage the traffic riding on their networks.
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Benjamin Grol / Gmail Blog:
Updates to Contacts and a (slightly) new look for Gmail  —  We're constantly reviewing user feedback about Gmail, and for a while now the number one request has been for a better contacts experience.  You've asked us to generally make Contacts easier to use, as well as for specific improvements …
Adam Lashinsky / Fortune:
Next to exit HP: Top aide to Hurd  —  As the many questions around Mark Hurd's departure continue to go unanswered, a key aide to the former CEO has also abruptly resigned this week.  —  The mystery deepens.  Caprice Fimbres McIlvaine, formerly head of internal communications at Hewlett-Packard …
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comScore, Inc.:
Indonesia, Brazil and Venezuela Lead Global Surge in Twitter Usage  —  Global Audience to Twitter.com Doubles in Past Year, as Latin American Audience Grows Fourfold  —  comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today released a report on Twitter.com growth worldwide.
Pedram Keyani / Facebook:
Reflecting on 3 years at Facebook  —  Last Friday, I hit my 3-year milestone at Facebook.  This got me thinking about all that I've experienced and learned since I started here.  Before coming to Facebook, I worked at Google as an engineer for two years.  While I learned a number of things there …
Taimur Asad / Redmond Pie:
Apple Releases iOS 4.0.2 for iPhone, iOS 3.2.2 for iPad to Patch JailbreakMe PDF Exploit  —  Apple has just released iOS 4.0.2 for all iPhones, iPod touches, and iOS 3.2.2 for iPad to patch the PDF exploit which was used by JailbreakMe to jailbreak all iOS devices on iOS 4.0.1.
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Facebook bug spills name and pic for all 500 million users  —  Just add email address  —  A bug in Facebook's login system allows attackers to match unknown email addresses with users' first and last names, even when they've configured their accounts to make that information private.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Qualcomm's E-Ink killer: How do you mass produce Mirasol?  —  Qualcomm's Mirasol, a color screen that has the battery life of E-Ink and can play video, is a likely candidate for a future version of Amazon's Kindle.  Now all Qualcomm has to do is manufacture it profitably.
Discussion: SlashGear, Obsessable and Kindle Review
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
First Look At TweetDeck For Android  —  TweetDeck is preparing to release its first Android app in beta tomorrow.  I got a hold of the beta build and some screenshots.  The app adds some new elements which go beyond TweetDeck's popular iPhone app, and even introduces some new elements not yet found in its desktop app.
Electronista:
Firefox 4 beta 3 hits with Windows 7 multi-touch  —  Mozilla today posted Firefox 4 beta 3.  The release primarily accommodates Windows 7 users and now takes multi-touch input from Microsoft's OS.  Web developers can now write code made ideal for touchscreen interfaces rather than assuming the existence of a mouse.
 
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Yang Li / Google Mobile Blog:
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